The winner of the 2017 James White Award is “The Morrigan” by Stewart Horn. The award, established in 2000, offers non-professional writers the opportunity to have their work published in Interzone, the UK’s leading sf magazine.
Commenting on the winning story on behalf of the judging panel, David Gullen said:
The Morrigan works very well, a very tight piece of writing, confident and accomplished. It breaks the rule on colloquial speech and not only makes it work but is stronger for it. An original take on a very old tale with good pace, and sense of time and place.
Horn’s story wins £200 and will be published in a future issue of Interzone.
The judges also chose to give a special commendation to “May the Pain Guide You Home” by Daniel Roy. Award Adminstrator Martin McGrath said, “Daniel’s story scored highly with all the judges, it packs a powerful emotional punch in a well-written and tightly told story.”
The winning story was chosen from a field of almost 200 entrants this year.
The judges were Lorna Gibb, David Gullen, and Konrad Waleski.
[Thanks to Mark-kitteh for the story.]